I have always wanted to make my own DIY bias tape, but the last time I tried, I completely failed and have avoided it like the plague until a recent project which required trim. The only difference between now and then, is that I now have a bias tape maker. It makes that last tedious bit a lot less awful. It really is just pull through and press flat when you have this little device.
I bought mine from the local fabric store only because I really wanted it NOW. If you’re not in a hurry I suggest buying online because it will most likely be the same thing and about a quarter of the price or a set of 4 or 5 for the same price. So I suggest ebay or something similar.
So here are series of pictures that shows how I went about doing it.
- I started off with a piece of square fabric about 30cxm x 30cm. You can make it as big as you like, but I think this is a nice minimum that gives you quite a bit of bias tape.
- Cut the square in half diagonally so you get two triangular pieces and sew them together right sides facing each other as shown below.
- Press the seam open.
- Draw lines across the diagonal cut. The width should be double the width of your single fold bias tape, or 4 times the width of your double fold bias tape. SINGLE FOLD BIAS TAPE – when just the two raw sides are folded in. DOUBLE FOLD BIAS TAPE – when the two raw sides are folded in and the whole thing folded in half.
- Fold the piece of fabric again to mimic a square once again.
- Match up the lines as shown below. You should line up one corner with one line down on the other side. This will enable you to cut continuously.
- Sew in place and press the seam.(this looks like its the wrong side, but its just the lighting in the picture. It is the right side of the fabric)
- Now you’re ready to cut. As mentioned before, there should be one bit that sticks out on both sides and that’s where you should start cutting.
- Now you should have this much trim.
- You can start feeding the long strip into the bias maker. Wrong side facing up. Once you’ve pulled it through, you can iron the ends down.
- I would start wrapping it into storage as soon as you can as well. It helps to keep everything pressed in place.
And now it’s ready just for use!